- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Destiny Books; Reprint edition (June 1, 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0892814012
- ISBN-13: 978-0892814015
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A fascinating selection, Miller's range of practical and arcane knowledge is impressive. This integration of the scientific with the mystical is one of the most interesting facets of the book." (The Herb Companion)
About the Author
Biochemist, physicist, and herbalist, Richard Alan Miller is also the author of The Magical and Ritual Use of Aphrodisiacs and The Magical and Ritual Use of Perfumes.
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Some of the benefits that may be derived from the wise use of these plants include stress relief (Kava Kava and Valerian Root), increased energy (Guarana), restful sleep and cleansing (Wormwood) and spiritual development (Fly Agaric, Psilocybe). The author writes with great authority, effortlessly blending scientific and esoteric knowledge. I enjoyed his no-nonsense factual approach. The book includes a Quick Reference Chart, a Bibliography and a Chemistry, Botanics/Organic and General Index, making it a valuable reference work in addition to a fascinating read.
Covering some of the more Pharmocologically active herbs,the coverage is complete enough for my friends in the medical feilds, without losing readers with less chemistry knowledge (like me). There are diagrams of the active chemical compounds, when known, and lots of details about growth and habitat, but the directions and hazards of use are clear enough for a novice.
While not covering the more common herbs, such as Rosemary, or sage, this book is a valued part of my herbal library. I sincerely hope that the author writes a more wide ranging book on herbs in the future! Definately worth every penny.
Love the book.